BVHS: Lung Cancer Screening and Prevention

Your best defense against cancer is having a strong offense….

From Blanchard Valley Health System’s Brianne Hottinger,
Armes Family Cancer Care Center

Brianne Hottinger, BSN, RN, OCN, CBCN, TTS

According to the Center for Disease Control, lung cancer is the lung cancer is the most fatal type of cancer and the second most common cancer in the United States among both men and women. The most significant action one can take to reduce the risk of lung cancer is quitting smoking. When a smoker quits, his or her heart rate and blood pressure drops 20 minutes after the last cigarette. Five years after quitting, risk for certain cancers such as mouth, throat, esophagus and bladder cancers are reduced by half. Additionally, cervical cancer and stroke risks are reduced to the same level of risk as a non-smoker. It is never too late to abandon the habit. Anyone who wants to quit smoking is strongly encouraged to seek help and ask their provider for guidance. Information and tips can also be accessed from the quit line at 1-800-QUIT-NOW, and online resources can be found through local hospitals.

A second way to prevent and discover lung cancer early is through a lung cancer screening program. This program is billed to your insurance as a low-dose CT scan and is covered by most insurances, but each individual should contact their insurance to inquire about coverage. Anyone with a high risk for lung cancer is encouraged to receive a screening. Someone who is “high risk” is defined as a current or former smoker who has quit within the last 15 years, is 55-77 years old, and has a tobacco history of 30 or more pack years. Pack years can be calculated by multiplying the number of packs of cigarettes smoked per day by the number of years the person has smoked.

Providers can refer patients to the lung cancer screening program by contacting an oncology nurse navigator to begin the process of enrollment. Once the information is reviewed for accuracy and passed on to a pulmonologist participating in the program, the pulmonologist will call the patient and set up an office visit to review the patient’s history, risks and benefits of the program. After this visit, the first low-dose CT exam is scheduled.

Each low-dose CT exam is given a Lung-RADS category. This category determines when patients should return for a follow-up based on whether findings are negative, benign or suspicious. As the patient progresses through the program, a care navigator records results to help determine program effectiveness.

Your best defense against cancer is having a strong offense. This offense is preventing cancer by smoking cessation, healthy living and screening when appropriate. If you have any questions about lung cancer prevention and screening, reach out to your provider or call an oncology nurse navigator.


BVHS Offers O-arm Imaging System

Neurosurgical Associates of Northwest Ohio has installed an O-arm Surgical Imaging System.

Neurosurgical Associates of Northwest Ohio, a division of Blanchard Valley Health System, now offers the O-arm Imaging System to patients in need of surgery.

This allows the surgeons to provide more accurate and safer care in real time. BVHS is committed to providing patients with exceptional care using the latest techniques, and this imaging system will allow us to do so.

When used with a navigation system, it provides surgeons with multi-dimensional images of surgical locations and assists them in placing hardware in patients, removing cancerous activity and performing other procedures. The O-arm can improve surgical accuracy and reduce the chances of injuries being caused during procedures.

Dr. Robert Hollis
Dr. Ogden



Head, Neck and Skin Cancer Screenings Available

at The Armes Family Cancer Care Center…

The Armes Family Cancer Care Center, a division of Blanchard Valley Health System, will offer head, neck and skin cancer screenings to the community on Thursday, August 9 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. These screenings can be scheduled by appointment only at 419.429.6428, and individuals may schedule one or both screenings. These cancer screenings will take place at The Armes Family Cancer Care Center located at 15990 Medical Drive South in Findlay.


All individuals are encouraged to receive a head, neck and/or skin cancer screening as a precaution. Those with a family history of mouth, neck and/or skin cancer, or who have been exposed to large amounts of ultraviolet (UV) light and are not under the care of a dermatologist are especially encouraged to attend. Also at risk are those who use tobacco products, have a significant history of tobacco use and/or alcohol use, or do not receive regular dental screenings. Family physicians can also perform these screenings if individuals cannot attend this special event.


The Armes Family Cancer Care Center provides a full spectrum of cancer care services within a centralized community campus for expert cancer care. To learn more about these services, call 419.423.5522.

BVHS: Defining a Whole Grain

Making the switch from refined grains to whole grains can lead you on the path to a healthier lifestyle…..

Blanchard Valley Health System’s Clinical Nutrition Manager Martha Gonzalez , RD,LD,CLC  shares some information to better  understand whole grains, and why we should eat them.

Whole grains are part of a well-rounded diet. They provide many nutrients such as fiber, vitamins and minerals, and they help keep our bodies healthy by reducing our risk of diseases. Eating fiber-rich whole grains also keeps us fuller longer and feeds healthy bacteria. The most common types of whole grains used in the United States are wheat, rice, corn and oats. Other types include barley, rye, buckwheat, bulgur, quinoa, spelt and many more grown around the world.

To understand whole grains, it is necessary to comprehend their anatomy. There are three parts of a wheat kernel: the bran, endosperm and germ. The bran is the outer shell of the grain and is high in fiber and B vitamin. Inside the bran is the endosperm, which makes up most of the kernel and mainly contains starch. Also inside the bran is the germ, which is the nutrient powerhouse of the grain. It contains vitamin E, healthy fats, antioxidants, minerals and B vitamins.

When making processed wheat flour, the bran and the germ are removed along with their nutrients, leaving only the endosperm. You can purchase enriched, processed wheat flour, which means some of the nutrients lost in processing are re-added such as B vitamins and iron. Nutrients still missing from enriched wheat flour include fiber, vitamin E, healthy fats and antioxidants.

Finding whole grain products at the store can be confusing, but there ways to read labels that make it easier. First, look for the word “whole.” Many times you may find bread titled “Wheat Bread,” but this does not mean it is “whole” wheat bread. Second, look for the “100%” mark. You might see products that say “made with whole grains” or “contains whole wheat.” While these may contain some whole grains, most are made with refined white flour. Third, look at the first ingredient. The ingredients are listed by weight with the heaviest first, and the whole grain ingredient should be listed as the very first one. Additionally, check the fiber content on the nutrition facts label. A quality whole grain bread will have at least 2-3 grams of fiber per slice. Furthermore, be careful of the misleading word “multigrain,” as it simply refers to the fact that the product contains a variety of grains, not necessarily including whole grain. Finally, do not judge a product by its color. Bread that looks brown does not automatically mean it is made with a whole grain.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggests making at least half your grains whole. You can increase your whole grains by switching to whole grain bread or pasta, using brown rice instead of white rice, or trying new recipes that use grains like bulger or quinoa. Making the switch from refined grains to whole grains can lead you on the path to a healthier lifestyle. Talk with your dietician for more information about the benefits of adding whole grains to your diet.

Summer Exercise and Heat Illness

by Michael Stump, MD, BV Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Michael Stump, MD

With the nicer weather of summer, more people are taking advantage of the warmer temperatures and exercising outside. However, exercising in the heat does increase the risk of heat illness. Fortunately, precautions can be taken to safely exercise throughout the summer. Before discussing prevention, it is helpful to understand the signs and symptoms of the different types of heat illness. There is a spectrum of heat illnesses, ranging from heat cramps to heat exhaustion to heat stroke.

People with heat cramps experience muscle spasms that result from the heat, most commonly affecting the calves or thighs, but can involve any large muscle group. The cause of heat cramps is often dehydration, but can also be caused by too much hydration with just water. Heat cramps can be treated by resting and stretching the involved muscle group, as well as rehydrating.

Heat exhaustion occurs when a person sweats excessively with activity, resulting in symptoms of dehydration. Symptoms include dizziness or feeling faint, heavy sweating, cool and moist skin, and rapid pulse. If you suspect you have heat exhaustion, it is important stop all activity and rest, move to a cooler place out of the sun, and rehydrate with water or sports drinks.

Heat stroke, the most severe heat illness, occurs when the body overheats and can no longer maintain a normal temperature through sweating and other mechanisms. Signs and symptoms of heat stroke include a high body temperature, altered mental status or confusion, racing heart rate, and dry, hot, and red skin from the lack of sweat. Heat stroke is a medical emergency. If left untreated, it may result in damage to the brain, heart, kidneys or muscles. If you suspect a person may have heat stroke, seek immediate help by calling 911. While you are waiting for help to arrive, move the person into a cool environment, remove any excess clothing and attempt to cool the person. This could include putting him or her in a cold bath or wading pool and placing ice packs on the person’s head, neck, armpits and groin.

There are several actions you can take to prevent heat illness. Maintaining proper hydration throughout the day—not just while you are exercising—is important. It is recommended to drink 8-16 ounces of water 1-2 hours before exercise, 5 ounces every 10 minutes while exercising, and 18 ounces after exercise. Water is generally the best fluid to drink, but if you are exercising for more than one hour or have issues with heat cramps, sports drinks may be helpful. Take frequent breaks and rest during exercise, ideally in a cool environment. Try exercising in the morning or late evening and avoid exercising during the hottest part of the day if possible. Wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing that absorbs sweat. Gradually increase the time and intensity of your exercise in the heat over a 1-2 week period so your body can adjust to the warmer temperatures. Finally, if you start to experience any signs or symptoms of heat illness, start treatment immediately. If symptoms do not resolve quickly, seek medical assistance.

By following these recommendations, you can safely continue your exercise routine through the summer months and enjoy the benefits of year-round fitness.

BVH Pain Management Solutions

Blanchard Valley Hospital (BVH) in Findlay, Ohio is proud to offer balanced and effective pain management solutions for patients suffering from chronic pain, pain that affects quality of life and the ability to participate in normal daily activities.

Blanchard Valley Hospital (BVH) in Findlay, Ohio is proud to offer balanced and effective pain management solutions for patients suffering from chronic pain, pain that affects quality of life and the ability to participate in normal daily activities.

The board-certified pain management physicians and clinical staff at BVH take an individualized approach to assess your pain. Advanced education and technology have made pain relief possible and help return patients to happy and productive lives. The experienced providers at BVH can help diagnose and treat any of the following:

  • Back pain & sciatica
  • Work related injuries
  • Neck pain & pinched nerves
  • Persistent pain after back or neck surgery
  • Headaches after whiplash injury
  • Arthritis pain in neck or lower back
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)
  • Nerve damage or muscle spasm pain
  • Chronic pelvic pain, including interstitial cystitis
  • Shingles pain
  • Fibromyalgia & more

Most insurances are accepted for pain management services, including Worker’s Compensation. Call 419.423.5555 to schedule an appointment, or visit for more information. Let us help you find solutions for your pain.

Bridge Bereavement Services – Grief Trails

… YOUTH work through grief by spending time with horses.

Bridge Bereavement Services is offering area youth an opportunity to work through grief by spending time with horses.

Grief Trails allows children, ages six through 12 years old, to learn through horses about the importance of communicating emotions and needs to others.

Grief Trails will be held Tuesday, June 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Challenged Champions Equestrian Center, 11913 County Road 6, Ottawa.

Registration for Grief Trails is required by June 18.

To register or for more information, call 1.800.982.3306 or email

Independence House Hosting Annual Classic Car Show

RESCHEDULED!!! Classic cars will be displayed and the event will include food and refreshments.

(June 9) – Due to weather, Independence House has postponed their annual classic car show. The event will take place on Friday, June 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Independence House parking lot.

Independence House in Fostoria, will host their annual classic car show Friday, June 8, from 5 to 7 p.m., in the Independence House parking lot, 1000 Independence Road, Fostoria.

Classic cars will be displayed and the event will include food and refreshments.

The show is free and open to the public. In the case of rain, the event will be
rescheduled for June 15.

Those wishing to bring their classic cars for display should call 419.435.8505 to register or register the day of the event.

Opened in 1991, Independence House offers independent living, skilled nursing, assisted living and rehabilitation services.
Independence House is a division of Blanchard Valley Health System, which provides a total continuum of care to more than 100,000 households in an eight-county area. Independence House website

BVHS: “Live and Learn” Lunch – “Cosmetic & Facial Plastics”

Dr. Vincent McGinniss, an experienced cosmetic and facial plastics surgeon at the Facial Plastic Surgery Center of Northwest Ohio, will be hosting a “Live and Learn” lunch…

Dr. Vincent McGinniss, an experienced cosmetic and facial plastics surgeon at the Facial Plastic Surgery Center of Northwest Ohio, a division of Blanchard Valley Health System, will be hosting a “Live and Learn” lunch presentation on Thursday, June 26 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Marathon Auditorium at Blanchard Valley Hospital.

The topic is “Cosmetic & Facial Plastics” and attendees will learn about the
options and benefits of aesthetic procedures. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

Lunch will be provided and seating is limited. RSVP is required by Tuesday, June 19 and can be made by calling 419.423.5551 or emailing<>.
Blanchard Valley Health System provides a total continuum of care to more than 100,000 households in an eight-county area.

29th Julie Cole Charity Golf Classic Info

Coming to the Findlay Country Club, Michael Reid, Pat McGowan and Findlay native, Julie Cole, will be the guest professionals for the golf tournament which begins at 10 a.m. Spectators may purchase an all-day pass for $10 to watch the tournament and have lunch.

The 29th Annual Julie Cole Charity Golf Classic will take place on Monday, June 11, at the Findlay Country Club. Michael Reid, Pat McGowan and Findlay native, Julie Cole, will be the guest professionals.

The day will begin at 8 a.m. with registration and breakfast, followed by a professionals’ clinic on the range at 9 a.m. The golf tournament will begin at 10 a.m. with the awards ceremony to follow. Spectators may purchase an all-day pass for $10 to watch the tournament and have lunch.

Over the past 29 years, the Julie Cole Charity Golf Classic has raised more than $2.7 million for local non-profit organizations. Beneficiaries of funds raised at the 2018 Julie Cole Charity Golf Classic will include Bridge Hospice, the Blanchard Valley Health System Center for Simulation & Clinical Education Excellence and the Julie Cole Golf Fund for junior golfers benefiting First Tour programming in Hancock County. Formed in 1984, Bridge offers physical, emotional and spiritual support to terminally ill patients and their families.

The Blanchard Valley Health System Center for Simulation & Clinical Education Excellence will be a life-like representation of workplace experiences with real-time problem solving to enhance the exceptional care BVHS provides.

About Pat McGowan

Pat McGowan qualified for the PGA tour in the fall of 1977 and was named Golf Digest/Rolex Rookie-of-the-Year in 1978. He won the 1984 Sacramento Open in the Tournament Players Series during which he defeated Steve Hart in a play-off. Following a successful 15-year career (1978-1992) as a PGA Tour player, Pat joined Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club as the director of instruction. He taught alongside LPGA Charter Member and mother-in-law Peggy Kirk Bell and her world renowned Ladies Golfaris. Pat attended Bringham Young University and is an active supporter of junior golf.

 About Michael Reid

Michael Reid, also known as “Radar,” earned his player card on the first try in 1976. He played on the PGA Tour from 1977 to 2011. In 581 starts, he won twice, was runner-up seven times and finished in the top ten, 78 times. Reid played in five Tour events before joining the Champions Tour in July of 2004. He earned his first Champions Tour victory by defeating Jerry Pate and Dana Quigley in a three-way playoff at the 2005 Senior PGA Championship. Michael attended Bringham Young University and is a member of the Utah Golf Association Hall of Fame.

About Julie Cole

A Findlay native, Julie Cole had an outstanding athletic career in high school, earning both basketball and golf scholarships to Ohio University. After graduating from college, she joined the amateur golf circuit, qualifying for the LPGA tour in 1985. She became a member of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals Division in 1991 and is designated an LPGA Top 50 Teacher. She is currently the master instructor at the Ballantyne Golf Academy, a Golf Channel Academy in Charlotte, N.C. Blanchard Valley Hospital’s Julie A. Cole Rehab & Sports Medicine is named in her honor.